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General Mills issues recall of certain Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios

BY David Salazar

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills on Tuedsay announced that it is recalling Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios products produced in its facility in Lodi, Calif. The products being recalled are labeled as being gluten free, but may in fact contain wheat as a result of an offloading issue when the company was transitioning five Cheerios cereals to be gluten free and wheat flour was introduced to the oat flour system.

“We want to reassure you that this was an isolated incident and we have implemented a solution to ensure that this will not happen again,” the company said. “The Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at our other facilities are, and will continue to be, FDA compliant and gluten-free. We’ll also continue to test products and our oat flour supply extensively to ensure our products meet the gluten-free standard.”

The products being recalled are those Honey Nut Cheerios varieties with the following “better if used by” dates:

  • 12JUL2016LD;
  • 13JUL2016LD;
  • 14JUL2016LD;
  • 15JUL2016LD;
  • 16JUL2016LD;
  • 17JUL2016LD;
  • 18JUL2016LD;
  • 18JUL2016LD;
  • 21JUL2016LD;
  • 22JUL2016LD;
  • 23JUL2016LD;
  • 24JUL2016LD;
  • and 25JUL2016LD.

Plain Cheerios being recalled have the following “better if used by” dates:

  • 14JUL2016LD;
  • 15JUL2016LD;
  • 16JUL2016LD;
  • and 17JUL2016 LD.

General Mills said that it’s safe for those who are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease to consume Cheerios products made at other facilities, as they were not affected. The company said that customers who can’t eat gluten and are affected by the recall should contact General Mills for a replacement of refund.

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Bartell Drugs, Oberto team to fundraise for Seattle Children’s Hospital

BY David Salazar

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs is teaming up with fellow Washington-based company Oberto Beef Jerky  to help benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. Throughout October, for every bag of Oberto jerky purchased at a Bartell Drugs location, a donation will be made to the hospital.

“Regardless of a family’s ability to pay, Seattle Children’s delivers world-class care and is recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the U.S.,” Bartell Drugs President and CEO Brian Unmacht said.  “This collaborative fundraising effort focuses on supporting the important healthcare role that Seattle Children’s plays in our region.”

Bartell locations will feature promotional materials in-store and in advertisements for the rest of October, according to the company. Bartell and Oberto expect for their total contribution, to be presented to the hospital president by executives from both companies, to be around $25,000. 

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Consumers shopping all-natural trust small, independent companies

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES – A new national consumer poll released by Instantly on Wednesday found that artificial ingredients in food products are a top concern for Americans and many do not trust large companies to produce all-natural alternatives.
 
According to the study, 75% of Americans said that when it comes to producing all-natural products, they trust small, independent companies over large, established ones. Consumers also associate natural foods brands with independent ownership. As many as 70% believe that most natural foods brands are independent, while 30% believe they are owned by large companies.
 
"The perception among consumers is that natural foods are the domain of independent brands and larger corporations don't have this specialty," said Andy Jolls, chief marketing officer at Instantly. "But with the mergers and acquisitions in the consumer packaged goods industry, the reality is that many food brands are owned by a handful of big companies. As demand for natural foods and ingredients rises, marketers need to be mindful about both the risks and opportunities that exist and position their brands carefully so as not damage consumer trust."
 
The study also indicates that Americans are keenly aware of what goes into food products. Three in four say they review ingredients labels before making a purchase, and an overwhelming 82% believe foods with artificial ingredients are less healthy than those with all-natural substitutes.
 
The study shows that even in traditionally unhealthy categories, like snacks or frozen pizza, many people believe products will be healthier when artificial ingredients are removed. If a brand replaces artificial flavors with all-natural substitutes, 79% of consumers would have a more positive perception of that brand and 75% would be more likely to purchase its products.
 
Instantly polled more than 4,200 people in the U.S. between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21, 2015 to explore perceptions of natural and artificial ingredients. Respondents answered questions online or on their mobile devices via the iPoll website and mobile application. 
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